Belleville Wix Academy


Our Local Governing Board

‘Support through challenge’

Belleville Wix Academy opened in August 2017 as part of the Quality First Education (Q1E) Trust. There is a Board of Trustees which oversees all of the schools in the Trust. The Trust Scheme of Delegation sets out how certain roles and responsibilities are delegated to the local governors of each school. 

In January 2018 we established a Local Governing Body (LGB) for Belleville Wix Academy, to whom the Trustees delegate certain roles and powers. The LGB is currently delegated responsibility for curriculum & standards and safeguarding. This includes attendance, pupil welfare and health and safety. Finance and staffing is currently the direct responsibility of the Trust.

The LGB includes local staff governors (elected by the school staff), local parent governors (elected by the school's parent body) and co-opted local governors (appointed by the local governing body and/or the Trustees, because they have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school). The headteacher also sits on the local governing body. We currently have one vacancy for an additional co-opted local governor and hope to make an appointment shortly

We meet twice a term to discuss the progress being made by the school on its school improvement journey. At these meetings the senior leadership team provide us with reports and data. It is our job as governors to use our skills and training to demonstrate our understanding of the strengths and weaknesses which the school is dealing with. To ensure that the LGB can do this properly each governor takes a special link responsibility for one aspect of our statutory responsibility or school improvement priority. We make it a priority to visit the school and find out more from experts in the school and the Trust about our link area.  Governors are also required to read around their link area and attend training sessions. Our aim is to be able to ask challenging questions which come from a place of secure, valid, up to date and relevant understanding of the key issues facing our school. Our role as governors is thus designed to provide ‘support through challenge’   

If you would like to contact the governors please ask at the school reception where you can leave a message for Shiwen Gao or James Waller, joint Chairs of the LGB. 


Shiwen Gao

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Joint chair of local governing body

I have a keen interest in the future of our education system and have a desire to give back to our local community. I have lived in Battersea since 2017 and was co-opted to the Belleville Wix Local Governing Body in September 2019. As a bilingual in English and Mandarin, I understand some of the opportunities and challenges growing up with two sets of cultures, languages and principles. The French bilingual stream particularly interests me as some of my family are French.
I work at Fulcrum Asset Management specialising in alternative investments and have been in the finance industry since 2012. I studied MSc Accounting & Finance at the London School of Economics as well as BSc Mathematics with Management & Finance at King’s College London.

James Waller

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Joint chair of local governing body

I have lived in Battersea for the last 16 years. I have a degree in Geographical Science and a professional background in information technology. I now specialise in information security and work for a multinational media holding company.

We have one son who is currently in year two at Belleville Wix Academy.

I wanted to become a school governor as I believe it is important to be involved with and contribute to the school community. I can see how happy our son has been since starting in reception which is a tribute to the team at the school. I look forward to working with the other governors and staff of the school to build on the fantastic work that has already been done."

Rachael Dupont

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Co -opted
Link governor for safeguarding

I am an experienced lawyer with particular  expertise in HR, commercial contracts, property and compliance. I currently work as General Counsel for Kaplan International, a multinational education company. I am responsible for managing the legal and compliance functions of the business worldwide, and a team of attorneys and other staff. Previous experience at Allen & Overy LLP (London) and Bell Gully (Auckland NZ). Master of Laws from Columbia (New York). I served as a Co-opted governor at Wix from November 2015 and chaired the Pupil Welfare Committee from February 2016 to July 2017. I have served as a Trustee of the Quality First Education Trust since June 2017 and now also serve on the local governing body at Belleville Wix.

David Siesage

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Associate Governor

I have been interested in becoming a school governor for some time, due to a keen interest in education and a desire to contribute positively to my local community. I have lived in the Clapham area for around five years, and was co-opted as an associate governor of Belleville Wix in March 2019. My parents have both spent their careers working in schools and universities, and their work has led me to recognise the importance of a good education, as well as giving me some appreciation of the challenges.


My professional background is in law; I am currently a trainee solicitor at Allen & Overy and have spent time in the firm’s London and Paris offices. I studied History and French at Durham University, spending a year working as an English teacher in Burgundy, so Belleville Wix’s bilingual stream particularly interests me. I have been very impressed by all that I have seen of the school and look forward to helping the governors and staff achieve its objectives.

Matthew Hutton Attenborough

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Staff governor

I have been working as part of the Belleville Wix staff team since 2018, as the Year 4 class teacher. I have enjoyed embedding myself into the school and worked to be a part of the team that achieved our brilliant Ofsted grading in 2019. The school ethos for a relentless drive for excellence is clearly evident in everything that we do at Belleville Wix, giving our children the best opportunity to reach their full potential.

Having witnessed the fantastic progress that the school has made since I joined, I applied for the role as staff governor in the spring term of 2019 as I am passionate about continuing to improve our school. I am an active part in the creation and development of our ‘World Class’ curriculum and have a particular interest in how we can develop a digital learning strategy that will enhance the learning for all children in the school. I am proud to be a part of the fantastic staff team that we have at Belleville Wix Academy and am I confident that as a school community we can continue to achieve every goal we set for ourselves.

Dermot Mullin

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Staff Governor

Having joined Belleville Wix Academy in 2019, I have worked alongside a dedicated and supportive team of senior leadership, teachers, teaching assistants and non-teaching staff. As a teacher in the Year 6 class, I applied for the role of staff governor to contribute to raising standards within the provision at the school. ‘Relentless drive for excellence and equality’ is an ethos I readily embrace and it aligns with my own professional aims to ‘Achieve, Respect, Altogether’.

Irene Lau

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Parent governor

I believe that every parent should be involved in their children's education. Whilst our amazing teachers take care of the day to day life of our children, parents could help shape the strategy, vision and ethos of the school. I wanted to become a Parent Governor at Belleville Wix because I would like to use the experience I gained in my job as a legal counsel and my charitable appointments to make a positive impact on the school. I would love to contribute my experience from being the Treasurer of a local church and knowledge in securing funds for a non-profit organisation and help decide how best to spend these resources. In addition, when tough decisions have to be made, I will cast my vote with our children's best interest at heart.